Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

Art Time With Lois Ehlert

October 21, 2016

Leaf-Man-COVERLooking for something to do on a lazy weekday? It’s time for some fall crafts! You could start off your craft day reading books like Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and Leaf Man, which are artfully illustrated with photographs of real leaves and objects. If you’ve never read a book by Lois Ehlert, you’re in for a treat! Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf follows the growth of a maple tree from the time the seed lands on the ground all the way through to a full grown tree with big, beautiful leaves that turn colors in the fall. Where Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf teaches about trees, Leaf Man is bursting with creative things you can do with the leaves! The leaves start their journey as a leaf man, but turn into all sorts of different animals and objects with a little imagination!

So, what’s next? Now it’s time to go on a walk and gather as many leaves, acorns, and bits of nature that you can! Bring back your goodies and lay them out on some paper. This could be an exercise in process art (which focuses more on the play and process than the finished product) or you can aim to replicate one of the fun pictures you found in your books! If you’re strapped for ideas, come into the library to pick up one of our many craft books.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun! Let your children’s imaginations run wild with their projects and you might end up creating something that represents fall in the best way.

Here are a few craft ideas to get you started:

Leaf Rubbings

Leaf Impressions

Hedgehog Hibernation Basket

Owl Mask

Happy crafting!

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Walter’s Wonderful Web

October 18, 2016

walterWalter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood

Walter, a fuzzy looking spider, wants to make a perfect web, but all of his webs are “wibby-wobbly.”  As he tries to perfect his web, he creates different shapes, which each get blown away by the wind.  Finally, he creates a web which combines all of the shapes, and as it glows in the moonlight it is wonderful!

Not only is this little story full of great alliterative w’s, it’s a great participatory book to read to a group of children.  Hopgood uses a repetitive phrase, “Whoosh, went the wind,” which the children will love to say as they sweep their arms in a whooshing motion.  (Be sure to encourage the motion, and the next time you lift your arm, they’ll know exactly when to chime in.)  Another way to encourage participation occurs at each page turn.  A slight pause gives the children time to announce the shape as you reveal it.  I hope you’ll enjoy sharing this story, whether you read it to one or many children!


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Lizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe

October 11, 2016

lizbethLizbeth Lou Got a Rock in Her Shoe

By Troy Howell

Illustrated by Kathryn Carr

Something as small as a rock couldn’t be that big a deal, could it? When Lizbeth Lou tosses the pebble away, she doesn’t realize that a tiny rock could be a BIG problem for someone else. That little rock nearly sinks a cricket’s boat but is hardly noticeable to a passing bike. The pebble bounces here and there, encountering creatures big and small until it finds its way back to a very familiar shoe.

The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They’re created with layered cut paper illuminated from behind that gives it a whimsical feel. With the rhyming text and beautiful pictures, this book is sure to please any reader.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Dragon Was Terrible

September 29, 2016


Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Honestly, this book is adorable!  Dragon is terrible, because that’s how dragons are.  The king and his villagers are resolved to tame him and even promise a reward.  I love that the resolution to the situation speaks to the power of a good story.  The promised reward was the cherry on top.

Dragon Was Terrible is illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, a favorite author/illustrator of mine (The Watermelon Seed).  I am so happy that DiPucchio and Pizzoli have partnered for this new book.  I think it will appeal to preschoolers who are developing their sense of humor, and of course younger elementary aged children.

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Next to You

September 27, 2016

nextNext to You: A Book of Adorableness

By Lori Haskins Houran

Illustrated by Sydney Hanson

What could be cuter than a basket of baby chicks? Or a bunny, the kind with the little round fluffy tail? How about a baby elephant taking a bath? Why, it’s you! Of course! When it comes to new babies, friends, or other special people in your life, it’s very important to let them know just how adorable they are. This small book is FULL of adorableness, from little ducklings to baby tigers. With a little bit of comedy thrown in, Next to You can give some great ideas of how to tell someone you love how much they mean to you. If you can resist the big-eyed baby animals on the front cover, then you’re a stronger person than me!

Recommended for ages 5-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Hammer and Nails

September 13, 2016

daddyHammer and Nails

By Josh Bledsoe

Illustrated by Jessica Warrick

I’m a daddy’s girl and nothing excites me more than seeing great daddy/daughter stories that show a dad can have an amazing relationship with his daughter. In Hammer and Nails, Darcy thinks her day is ruined when her best friend gets sick and can’t make it to their playdate. She had a whole list of fun things to do, but she crumples it up. When her daddy overhears her grumbling, he makes her a deal. If they can do one thing off his to-do list, then they can do one off of hers. What follows is an adorable mashup of daddy’s chores and Darcy’s playdate plans.

Hammer and Nails is a charming story about trying things for the first time and might inspire kids and adults both to find the fun in chores. The characters are so expressive, especially faced with that ONE thing that they’re not sure about. I would recommend this story to anyone, daddies, daughters, mothers, and sons.  As the daddy in this book puts it “Sometimes things you’ve never done end up being fun! Try it.”

Recommended for ages 5-7.

Nicki Paris

Schimelpfenig Library

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That Stinks! A Punny Show-and-Tell

September 9, 2016

That Stinks! A Punny Show-and-Tell

By Alan Katz

Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

When rainy weather forces Mrs. Mueller’s class to have to stay inside for recess, the teacher suggests an impromptu show-and-tell. “That stinks!” exclaims a student to everyone’s horror until you turn the page and see that his show-and-tell item is actually his pet skunk, Harry. “Aw, nuts!” says another student and yes, her show-and-tell item is, indeed, a bowl of nuts. The exclamations and laughs only increase as child after child make what would appear to be rude statements that might have gotten them sent to the principal’s office if not for the fact that they were actually factual statements about their item being shown to the class.  Admittedly the items are a bit far-fetched but humor and cartoon style illustrations will keep children laughing as they wait to see what is actually being described as the page is turned. And what will happen when the principal finally shows up and exclaims “I have had enough!”?  You can only imagine!

Reviewed by Connie (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Still a Gorilla

August 26, 2016

Still a Gorilla!

By Kim Norman

Willy is a gorilla at the zoo, but he wants to be a different animal.  No matter how hard he tries to look or act like other animals, he is still a gorilla! This picture book is super fun and silly.  The large, bold and colorful illustrations are very eye-catching.  This is a wonderful book for storytime or for a preschool classroom, as well as for sharing one-on-one with your child.  There are many opportunities for kids to join in the read-aloud fun each time that Willy is ‘STILL A GORILLA!’  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.  Happy reading!

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Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber

August 23, 2016

missmarycatalogMiss Mary Reporting written by Sue Macy and illustrated by C. F. Payne.

As a child, Mary Garber played football with the boys and attended sporting events with her father.  She also loved to read about sports so she was a natural to be a sportswriter as an adult. It wasn’t that simple though, since Mary lived during a time when women didn’t usually have the opportunity to become sportswriters.

At first Mary accepted a job as a society reporter just to start working on a newspaper but she didn’t have any interest in writing about parties and fashion. During World War II, many of the male sportswriters became soldiers so Mary was given a chance to write about sporting events.  During her sports-writing career, she covered various teams from local to professional sports. Mary wrote regularly for the Winston-Salem Journal  newspaper until she was 86 years old.

Although it was often a challenge to be a woman sportswriter, Mary loved her job.  She covered baseball when Jackie Robinson became the first black player to join the major leagues and “was inspired by his quiet dignity”.   Many lively anecdotes and energetic images convey Mary’s inspirational story in this picture book biography.

Recommended for children in grades 2-4.

Reviewed by Donna (Library Technical Services)


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The Opposite Zoo

July 28, 2016

The Opposite ZooThe Opposite Zoo

By Il Sung Na

“They are

fast and slow.

Soft and prickly.

Tall and short.

Noisy and quiet….  Meet the animals of the Opposite Zoo!” (from back cover)

After the zoo is closed, the monkey finds that his door is open and he decides to visit all of his animal neighbors.  Each turn of the page reveals a new pair of opposite animals with their accompanying descriptive words.  Many of the words use font that emphasize the differences between the two adjectives such as small, lowercase letters for the word “shy” and big, uppercase letters for “bold.”  The illustrations have a rough, sketch-like quality that, when combine with the bright and unusual coloring, gives the whole story a whimsical feel.  Children will enjoy finding the monkey in each picture as he feeds the giraffe and swims with the seals and swans.

This is a great book for introducing opposites to young children as well as practicing storytelling skills by describing what is happening in each scene.

For more opposites fun, check out Charlotte and Eddie’s video review of The Hueys in What’s the Opposite? by Oliver Jeffers on the library’s YouTube page here.The Hueys

Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)

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